My local Farmers’ Markets

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I am from California where they have some of the best farmers’ markets. When I first came to London I was a bit disappointed that there are not that many markets here and, the ones that you had, were a bit underwhelming at the time. I am happy to say that the times, they are a changing. I have moved to Dulwich Village recently and I love ¬†our local market, it has tons of organic produce. The farmers who are selling direct to you the customer so you know who you are buying from. They are also (relatively) local and the food is in season, you can just hear the boxes being ticked off. I think that we are all trying to eat better and once we have children you are trying even harder. This is a great way to eat good food while supporting British Farmers. Another added plus is that there is no annoying non-receyleable packaging (what is up with that, it drives me nuts!).

Just look at this bounty that I bought. I loved it and I know you will too.I always feel good when I know what I am feeding my family and where it comes from. If you want to find a local farmers market check out this website, it will tell you all you need to know.

http://www.lfm.org.uk

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Happy Woman’s Day

Ada Lovelace

To celebrate Woman’s Day I thought I would highlight an amazing woman born in 1815 on December 10th. She is the only (legitimate) daughter of Lord Byron and was a mathematician. She worked with Charles Babbage on his mechanical general-purpose computer – the Analytical Engine. She also wrote the first algorithm intended to be used on the machine. That is pretty amazing!

 

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Pray for Paris

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Sending our love & healing from the Decadent Green offices to all those effected by the sad news in Paris!

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My Take On Jamie Olivers Lemon Roast Chicken- Yum!

We decided to go the farmers market in Fulham to get ingredients for our Sunday roast.ūüôā So we have slightly adapted our ingredients to Jamie’s recipe. If I can I only use free range products, so I bought a free range organic chicken from the market. Instead of potatoes we going to use sweet potato & we don’t have any thyme in the kitchen so we’re going to be using rosemary.

Oh & we’re not doing the bacon option. And of course I used Jamie’s delicious extra virgin olive oil. Which I always have in my kitchen cupboard.

The first picture below is from Jamie’s website. I’m going to post our take on Jamie’s roast chicken below once it comes out the oven.

Here goes…

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Ingredients

  • 2 kg higher-welfare chicken
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 kg potatoes , peeled
  • 1 large lemon , preferably unwaxed
  • 1 whole bulb garlic , broken into cloves
  • 1 handful fresh thyme ( We used rosemary )
  • olive oil
  • 1 handful fresh rosemary sprigs , leaves picked
  • 8 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon , optional

Method

Roast chicken remains one of our favourite dishes at home. I recently discovered a way to make the chicken taste even better, by putting a lemon in with my potatoes when I was parboiling them. It smelt fantastic and flavoured the potatoes. Then when I was draining them I decided to stab the lemon, which hissed out juice and steam, and quickly jammed it inside the chicken! The benefits of the hot steaming lemon going into the chicken are very obvious as the meat tastes amazing, and the chicken cooks slightly quicker because of it.

Rub the chicken inside and out with a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Do this in the morning if possible, then cover the chicken and leave in the fridge until you’re ready to start cooking it for lunch or dinner. By doing this, you’ll make the meat really tasty when cooked. Preheat your oven to 190¬ļC/375¬ļF/gas 5. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cut the potatoes into golf-ball-sized pieces, put them into the water with the whole lemon and the garlic cloves, and cook for 12 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for 1 minute (this will give you crispier potatoes), then remove the lemon and garlic. Toss the potatoes in the pan while still hot so their outsides get chuffed up and fluffy ‚Äď this will make them lovely and crispy when they roast.

While the lemon is still hot, carefully stab it about 10 times. Take the chicken out of the fridge, pat it with kitchen paper and rub it all over with olive oil. Push the garlic cloves, the whole lemon and the thyme into the cavity, then put the chicken into a roasting tray and cook in the preheated oven for around 45 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate. Some lovely fat should have cooked out of it into the roasting tray, so toss the potatoes into this with the rosemary leaves. Shake the tray around, then make a gap in the centre of the potatoes and put the chicken back in. If using the bacon, lay the rashers over the chicken breast and cook for a further 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are nice and golden. (You can tell the chicken is cooked when the thigh meat pulls easily away from the bone and the juices run clear.)

I like to remove the bacon from the chicken and crumble it up over the potatoes. Then I remove the lemon and garlic from inside the chicken, squeeze all the garlic flesh out of the skin, mush it up and smear it all over the chicken, discard the lemon and rosemary and carve the chicken at the table. Heaven!

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Here you can see as we prepare the roast for the oven we have inserted the lemon & garlic into the well seasoned chicken on the baking tray. And we’ve prepped the tray of chopped sweet potato ready to be tossed in the lovely chicken fat when it’s cooked after 45 minutes.
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And voila there we have it. Gorgeous lemon roast chicken a la Jamie Oliver accompanied with an avocado, feta & cherry tomato salad.
I must say this was the best roast chicken I have ever tasted & the mushed garlic smeared all over the chicken was incredible. Yummy!! Let us know how yours turns out & what you think?
I love Jamie Oliver’s recipes!
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Everything you need to look & feel gorgeous forever

This book sounds to good to be true…The Anti-ageing beauty bible by¬†health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey is just that.Image

This book is full of ideas & concepts on how to look amazing. Sections include make-up, nails, skin, hair, hands & feet aswell as exercise & sleep.  So lets look amazing, feel great & make it last forever.

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Recycled materials used for ECO Swim swimwear range by Aqua Green

MIAMI – Eco Swim by Aqua Green showcases its Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach, which is a platform for up and coming designers. Eco Swim is an eco-friendly swimwear brand that uses recycled materials. Their show was called “Funkshion Goes Green” and featured swimsuits that are stylish but also great for the environment. The show was held with the Society for Environmental Journalists and a few of the journalists were given awards. Eco Swim by Aqua Green creates their pieces out of Easton, Pennsylvania. Their collection included floral prints and bikinis wrapped in plastic. {Source}

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VALENTINO Exhibition- Somerset House- London

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I’m so looking forward to the Valentino ‘Master of Couture’ exhibition at Somerset House¬†later this month. The exhibition will be paying homage to the great Italian designer. It will focus mainly on his couture creations & the actual design process. Valentino is undoubtedly one of my favourite designers to date.

29 November 2012 ‚Äď 3 March 2013
Daily 10.00-18.00, until 21.00 Thursdays
(24 & 31 Dec: 10.00-16.00, 25 & 26 Dec: closed, 1 Jan: 12.00-18.00)

Embankment Galleries, South Wing
£12.50/£9 concessions 
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Julia Roberts in Vintage Valentino.

Valentino 2013 Collection2013 Valentino collections. Just gorgeous!

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The perfect Beach Body- Marilyn Monroe

According to the a new poll Marilyn Monroe has the best Beach Body of all time, and looking at the photos below you can see just why. She looks amazing, it is so refreshing to look at images where you can’t see bones jutting out everywhere. Check out the list by clicking the link below……

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TOMS- Shoes For Tomorrow

TOMS- Shoes For Tomorrow

This company is the brainchild of American traveller Blake Mycoskie, who was travelling through Argentina & befriended a child with no shoes on. So in order to help, TOMS shoes was born. What he did is for ever pair of Toms shoes sold a pair is given to a child in need. ¬†Calling it the One for One movement. It’s expanded further a field across the world as far as Cambodia, South Africa, ¬†Uganda. So why not support this fantastic cause & buy yourself a pair of these comfy, light weight shoes. They even have a limited edition for Valentines day with cute pink hearts.¬†http://www.toms.com/

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Recycled Coffee Bags

Fantastic! Made from recycled coffee bags by a company called Seabags & they’re also lined with recycled sail liner. The perfect little tote for the beach this summer.¬†http://www.seabags.com/

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